A CEO has spoken out against the continued lockdown of a number of Sydney local government areas (LGAs) and what it means for construction.
Acknowledging his position as a “prominent Western Sydney developer”, ALAND chief executive George Tadrosse said he felt it was their duty “to highlight the devastating effects this shutdown will cause to so many families and businesses”.
He wrote: “The lack of consultation and disproportionate restrictions placed on the affected LGAs (compared with earlier exposure events on the Northern Beaches and Eastern Suburbs) needs to be called out and immediately reconsidered to determine a feasible, fair and sustainable solution.”
ALAND is currently developing approximately $925 million worth of real estate across areas including Blacktown, Liverpool, Campbelltown and Parramatta, which Mr Tadrosse said “equates to roughly 1,450 new dwellings across five major construction sites”.
He added that approximately 30 per cent of the developments have fully drawn finance facilities and are awaiting occupation certificates.
Highlighting that the Premier’s decision means thousands of individuals including tradespeople, project managers and suppliers to major construction sites across Western Sydney will not be able to return to work, the CEO said that this is “creating ongoing uncertainty for them, and their households”.
Illustrating his point, he noted that ALAND alone employs 145 direct staff and over 1,000 subcontractors on any given day.
“ALAND, like so many other businesses working within the construction industry, has already adapted their construction sites and Work Health Safety plans to accommodate additional COVID-19 precautions. We are confident with ongoing consultation we can continue to operate safely within affected LGAs and urge the government to allow all construction to resume across all of NSW,” he said.
The CEO went on to request the government “provide clear answers, conscious decision-making and a clear pathway for families and businesses to support economic stability and eventual recovery through these challenging times”.